Guatemala: Declassified

Articles ‘”We Sent a Man to His Death”: How the British Army Betrayed Its Own Informant to a Murderous Junta‘ (Phil Miller, Vice, 2 August 2016) ‘Revealed: How the British Army Cooperated with the Murderous Guatemalan Regime During its Bloody Civil War‘ (Phil Miller, Vice, 31 May 2016)            

Italy: Declassified

Articles 1976 “coup” ‘Sporchi trucchi’ (Guardian, 14 January 2008) ‘Britain joined plot to overthrow a Communist Italian government’ (Times, 14 January 2008) ‘From the secret papers of the Foreign Office the idea of a coup d’état in Italy’ – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, (In Italian) (La Repubblica, 13 January 2008)   Gladio network […]

Why is British foreign policy so unethical? Because the UK is more oligarchy than democracy

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 27 March 2019 In March in the British parliament, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked an urgent question relating to allegations that British troops have been covertly fighting in Yemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition. As reported in the Mail on Sunday, five British special forces troops from the elite Special Boat […]

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt: On the Middle East, it makes no difference

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 25 June 2019 The contest to become the leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and the country’s next prime minister, has failed so far to involve media scrutiny of the candidates’ views on British foreign policy. With the focus on Brexit and media attention on the personal life of Boris […]

Britain and Oman: Will their growing special relationship survive succession?

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 17 June 2019 Sixty years ago, Britain won a long-forgotten war in Oman, setting the special relationship between the two countries that is still being boosted today. The anniversary falls as the head of the British army recently visited Oman, and as the two countries signed a “Comprehensive Joint Declaration on Enduring Friendship” […]

What the latest secret government file tells us about UK Middle East policy

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 31 May 2019 The British government is refusing to release a 1941 file on Palestine, as it might “undermine the security” of Britain and its citizens. Why would a 78-year-old document be seen as so sensitive in 2019? One plausible reason is that it could embarrass the British government in […]

How the West’s war in Libya has spurred terrorism in 14 countries

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 3 May 2019 Eight years on from Nato’s war in Libya in 2011, as the country enters a new phase in its conflict, I have taken stock of the number of countries to which terrorism has spread as a direct product of that war. The number is at […]

British foreign policy in the Middle East: A secret history of self interest

By Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 27 March 2019 On Tuesday in the British parliament, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asked an urgent question relating to allegations that British troops have been covertly fighting in Yemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition. As reported in the Mail on Sunday, five British special forces troops from the elite Special Boat […]

Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Expediency, arms and secret deals

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 31 January 2019 Forty years ago this month, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and bringing to power the Islamic regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. While Iran now poses the biggest challenge to Western power […]

Five years on: How the UK sees opportunity and profit in Sisi’s repressive Egypt

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 10 August 2018   Five years ago on 14 August, the new Egyptian military regime under General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi crushed a protest at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, killing at least 817 people. Since then, increasing repression has enabled Sisi to consolidate his rule while maintaining the support […]